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Recycling, alternative to trash this holiday

By Johnny Jackson

jjackson@henryherald.com

Tons of recyclable trash fills landfills each year around this time.

Wrapping paper and plastic packaging are thrown into garbage bags and left on the curb to be hauled away to the nearest landfill. But many may not know that there are viable, environmentally friendly alternatives close by.

The Henry County Recycling Center, for instance, is open year round. The recycling center is located at 35 West Asbury Road in McDonough, and is open from 8 a.m., to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The center provides recycling for various types of glass, paper, plastics, and non-industrial metals at no cost. Garbage and recyclable mechanical items are accepted for a fee, ranging from $1-$17.50 per item.

The center typically gets its share of business this time of year from residents who want to recycle gift boxes and wrapping paper that would have accumulated over the holiday season, averaging roughly 10 tons of waste per day.

Nearby, the Clayton County Recycling Drop-off Center, located at 1430 Ga. Highway 138 in Jonesboro, is open from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The recycling center accepts magazines, newspapers, cardboard, glass and plastic containers, telephone books, aluminum cans, and cellular phones.

In the coming weeks, the center will play host to a Christmas Tree Recycling Drive.

Beginning the day after Christmas, Dec. 26, various Clayton County elementary schools and Home Depot stores will join the recycling center in collecting live Christmas trees that will be recycled.

Henry County is expected to host a tree recycling program as well. For more information, visit the following web sites.

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On the net:

Henry County Recycling: www.co.henry.ga.us/recycling

Clayton County Recycling: www.co.clayton.ga.us/tnd/kccb/recycle.htm